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Inflammation in the nose can have a variety of causes. The area in the nose is very sensitive, which can make the inflammation quite painful. Inflammation of the nose is best examined by a doctor. However, home remedies and natural remedies can always provide good support.
The most diverse causes
The cause of inflammation in the nose is often rhinitis - or simply called runny nose. The causative agents for runny nose are mostly so-called rhinoviruses, but inflammation in the nose can also occur together with the flu. The mucous membranes swell and then secrete more secretions. The latter can be quite thin, clear, slimy or even purulent. Bacteria can also trigger an inflamed nose.
Another possible cause is allergies, such as hay fever. The secretion is usually clear and those affected suffer from frequent sneezing attacks.
If the hair follicle of a hair ignites in the nose, this is called furuncle. Staphylococci are often responsible for this. These bacteria cause a painful purulent inflammation. The nose is red and swollen.
If the immune system is weakened, for example due to a lot of stress, little sleep, hormone disorders or chronic diseases, inflammation in the nose easily develops. A dry nasal mucosa, possibly due to the dry heating air in winter, is the breeding ground for such inflammations.
The symptoms of inflammation in the nose depend on the cause. So with a cold, the secretion and the stuffy nose are in the foreground. In a nasal furuncle, pain and pus in the nose are the main symptom.
If the mucous membranes are swollen as a result of the inflammation, this can hinder nasal breathing. The sense of smell and taste may be disturbed.
The diagnosis is the basis for the right treatment. So, of course, a cold is treated differently than an allergy. Not only in the case of a boil, a smear may be made to find out the responsible germs and then be able to treat them in a targeted manner.
If there is a cold, no special therapy is necessary. Nose drops may be prescribed. However, if the inflammation of the nose has spread further into the paranasal sinuses, expectorants and possibly an antibiotic are necessary.
If there is an allergy that is accompanied by inflammation in the nose, the cause must be eliminated. This means that in the case of hay fever, for example, a so-called hyposensitization against the triggering grasses can be prescribed.
In the case of hyposensitization, the goal is for the body to learn to cope with the allergy-causing allergen and to stop responding to it. In the therapy, which takes place under supervision in the doctor's office, those affected are given a dose of the allergen by injection at certain intervals. The dose is slowly increased. The patient must remain in the practice for a while after the injection so that immediate help is available in the event of an overreaction. This hyposensitization can take several years.
Nose furuncles can heal on their own. If this is not the case, an antibiotic is often prescribed. The boil may need to be pierced by a doctor. Then a gauze bandage, soaked in antibacterial solution, is placed on the inflammation in the nose, which is said to aid healing.
With an uncritical simple inflammation in the nose, home remedies are usually sufficient. If the inflammation is more pronounced and conventional medical preparations are necessary, home remedies can be administered in parallel to support healing.
If there is an inflammation in the nose caused by a runny nose, inhalation helps, and this is best done with salt. Sea salt or Himalayan salt is stirred into a bowl of hot water. The salt should dissolve. Then the hot salt vapor is inhaled under a towel over the bowl for at least ten minutes. This clears the nasal passages and swells the mucous membranes.
Mustard flour foot baths help with a more severe inflammation, in which the sinuses are also affected. For this, one or two tablespoons full of mustard flour are dissolved in a foot bath filled with 37 ° warm water. The bathing time should never exceed fifteen minutes. In the event of severe skin irritation, the bath must be stopped immediately. So that the rising vapors do not irritate the eyes, the tub is covered with a cloth. After the bath, the skin is cared for with a care ointment or an almond or olive oil.
If the cause is a pollen allergy, good, high-quality honey can help. A spoon is taken several times throughout the day. Honey has an anti-inflammatory effect and is also used for prevention.
Curcuma is a good home remedy. This is actually a spice, but it also has healing properties. A teaspoon full of the spice is dissolved in a little warm water, enriched with a little honey and a glass full of it - preferably in sips - is drunk daily. In this context, the "golden milk" is recommended. The "golden milk" comes from Ayurveda. It boosts liver activity, has a cleansing and anti-inflammatory effect. Finished powder compositions are commercially available. The compositions are different and include, for example, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, black pepper and saffron. The term “milk” is somewhat misleading here. No real milk is used in the preparation, but almond or soy milk is used.
Apple cider vinegar is an old home remedy for allergies, but also very healthy for the whole organism. In the morning, a tablespoon of a good apple cider vinegar is stirred into a glass of still water and drunk on an empty stomach. The fruit vinegar can also be enriched with a little honey. The effect takes a little time and is therefore particularly suitable for prevention.
In the case of a nasal furuncle, this can be brought to maturity with hot pads. To do this, some soap is dissolved in hot water, a small cloth is soaked in it and then placed on the outside of the area around the inflammation. Healing earth is also helpful. This is applied to the outside of the nose, mixed into a paste. Under no circumstances may the boil itself be pierced. The risk of infection is too great.
Naturopathic treatment is ideal for inflammation in the nose, also to accompany conventional medical therapy. In acute condition, body or ear acupuncture helps. Schüssler salts are also frequently used here: No. 3 Ferrum phosphoricum, No. 4 potassium chloratum for the inflammation and additionally No. 11 Silicea for a boil.
No. 8 sodium chloratum helps with a runny nose and the supplement No. 24 Arsenicum iodatum with hay fever.
Homeopathy uses the following remedies: Ferrum phosphoricum (anti-inflammatory), Apis mellifica (for swelling), Allium cepa (for watery runny nose), Hepar sulfuris and Silicea (for pus formation).
If there is an inflammation in the nose, the immune system must be strengthened. This is where Echinacea helps (do not take continuously for more than two weeks). Propolis, in the form of drops or as tablets, has an acute effect, but also strengthens the immune system and therefore has a preventive effect. Sea buckthorn contains a large amount of vitamin C, which activates the immune system. Regular vitamin C infusions are also effective. A large amount of vitamin C can be supplied to the body, which would not be possible orally, as this would be eliminated by the body.
Colostrum is made from the milk of the cows that have just calved. The amount that the calf has left is used for production - so don't worry - nothing is taken from the calf. Colostrum, in the form of capsules or drinking solution, contains a variety of antibodies that strengthen the human immune system.
With autologous blood therapy, a very small amount of autologous blood is drawn, possibly enriched with a naturopathic agent or with ozone, and injected back into the body. This can be intramuscular (in the muscle) or intracutaneous (in the skin). The organism then begins to work and the immune system awakens somewhat from “hibernation”. Autologous blood therapy usually requires ten treatment appointments.
Last but not least, regular foot reflex zone therapies strengthen the entire organism, although these should be carried out by experienced therapists. Many other basic measures such as healthy eating, sufficient exercise and restful sleep can also strengthen the immune system and put an end to the inflammation in the nose. (sw)
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This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Susanne Waschke, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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